Matt Burns

Matt Burns
Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch. Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Netflix shipping some DVDs again

    Netflix shipping some DVDs again

    Per Reuters, Online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc resumed some shipping on Thursday after the most severe outage in its history stopped distribution to a third of its 8.4 million customers. Some centers began shipping late last night and the company hopes the rest of the centers will resume today. No word if subscribers are going to be compensated but those red-sleeved DVDs… Read More

  • CrazyPC 5.25-inch bay toaster – seriously

    CrazyPC 5.25-inch bay toaster – seriously


    It’s only $29.99 (!!!) and CrazyPC has ‘em in stock.  Fits in a standard 5.25 drive bay Toasts bread in just minutes (bread sold separately) Requires available USB port and 4 pin Molex power connector Attractive aluminum finish face plate Windows based software interface controls variables for time duration and heat intensity (Mac OS version coming soon!) Includes crumb tray… Read More

  • Want an EV car? Build one yourself.

    Want an EV car? Build one yourself.

    You don’t need a $40,000 Chevy Volt to be part of the green crowd. Just convert your current vehicle from gasoline to electric. It might cost you more than the car is worth, but you won’t be sending your bucks overseas.  CNN is showcasing two fellas that did just that. One with a Honda Civic del Sol and the other with a Chevy S-10. Both are now electric and both were converted… Read More

  • XBOX 360's 'Braid' developer banking on game sales

    XBOX 360's 'Braid' developer banking on game sales

    The utter nostalgic simplicity of Braid is making the indie developer swim in a lot of coin. Jonathan Blow’s game has already sold 55,000 copies and at $15 a pop, that works out to an impressive $825,000. Who knows how much he’s getting after Microsoft’s pimp tax but it’s got to be enough to cover his rent.  So what are you waiting for, 55,000 fellow XBOX 360… Read More

  • New Panasonic VIERA plasma said to have 42 year half-life

    New Panasonic VIERA plasma said to have 42 year half-life

    So if a Panasonic VIERA plasma’s screen has a half-life of 42-years, that states that the screen will loss all it’s brightness in 84-years. Or 2093. Or when George Bush VI takes office. Or when we might finally have flying cars. Or when…you get the idea. CEPro presents an interesting question on this claim, “Will you die before your TV?” Hmmm. So even if the… Read More

  • Remote Wake coming to Intel motherboards

    Remote Wake coming to Intel motherboards

    You know Wake-on-LAN? Great tool for IT, but not for the general public. Enter Remote Wake from Intel. This feature takes WOL and ups the ante by allowing VoIP and media server programs to activate a sleeping computer. So if you have a Skype call from your buddy in Amsterdam while you and your computer is sleeping, the ‘puter will turn on and then wake you from your own slumber. Also… Read More

  • Psystar 'Definitely still shipping' Mac clones

    Psystar 'Definitely still shipping' Mac clones

    Despite Apple’s end user licensing agreement expressly forbidding the installation or sales of its operating systems on third-party hardware, Psystar is ‘still shipping‘ the computers. And don’t forget they now come with a restore disk. via Information Week Read More

  • Netflix having shipping issues

    Netflix having shipping issues

    Email sent out to all 8.4 million Netflix subscribers today. Jim Goldman, CNBC, dug a little deeper and found out that Netflix is having, having severe system issues on our shipping Accroding to his Netflix source, the company didn’t ship any DVDs on Tuesday, only a few Wednesday, and none so far today. We’ll pass on the latest news as soon as we get it. No Dark Crystal for… Read More

  • Polo Ralph Lauren to launch 'shop by cell phone' in US – What?!?

    Polo Ralph Lauren to launch 'shop by cell phone' in US – What?!?


    Image source: Cellular-news Picture it now. A Ralph Lauren boardroom full of green MBAs, ripe in their late twenties, tweeting away on their iPhones. Suddenly, one of the suits light bulb pops on: “Gentleman, we need to embrace the online marketplace and provide our customers innovative shopping solutions.” (Those playing the corporate drinking game can now take three… Read More

  • NBC equipped with 500 terabytes for '08 Olympic Games

    NBC equipped with 500 terabytes for '08 Olympic Games

    There is a nausiating amount of ’08 Olympic video coverage this year, and all we really want to watch is a little Table Tennis. There is so much video recording that for every 24 hour day, there is 212 hours being recorded onto massive media servers. Seagate hooked NBC up with 20 Omneon MediaDeck servers that hold a total of 500,000 gigabytes, or 500 terabytes, for the task. Plus, while… Read More

  • Lian Li producing DIY XBOX 360 case – PC-XB01

    Lian Li producing DIY XBOX 360 case – PC-XB01

    XBOX 360 getting a little hot? Tired of losing sleep over the Red Ring ‘of Death? DIY’ers might want to pick up the $150 Lian Li PC-XB01 chassis. Simply (yeah right) remove all of the XBOX 360’s innards and install ‘em into this new case for a cool operation thanks to the included 120mm rear fan. Hardcore gamers, or cooling freaks, can even install a water cooling system. Read More

  • Logitech gobbling up Ultimate Ears

    Logitech gobbling up Ultimate Ears

    Looks like Logitech wants some of the consumer and professional headphone pie. The ware maker is already one of the top dogs in the accessory biz, but with the now-upcoming acquiation of Ultimate Ears for $34 million cash, Logitech is going to be able to have their pie and eat it too. This expansion seems like a great fit for Logitech’s lackluster headphone… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Verizon FiOS

    CrunchDeal: Verizon FiOS

    It’s a pity that not everyone can get Verizon’s FiOS but for those in the service area, now might be a good time to look at the service. New customers can score either a free year of a HD DVR or HD Home Media DVR. Current subscribers can upgrade and get a free month of HBO and Cinemax; sucks that current customers always get shafted. The offer is good through October 4. Sounds like… Read More

  • At least 34,776 Eco-fiends want the Chevy Volt

    At least 34,776 Eco-fiends want the Chevy Volt

    If a list compiled by a Chevy Volt enthusiast is accurate, GM is going to sell a eco-friendly boat load of Chevy Volts. Lyle Dennis, a New York neurologist with way to much time, gathered the 34,776 (at last count) on his website GM-Volt.com over the last year. The one glaring issue though, is that the average price they were willing to pay for the GM wunderkind worked out to $31k. Rumor is… Read More

  • Popular Science's open call for 'Best of' Awards

    Popular Science's open call for 'Best of' Awards

    PR agencies, corporations, inventors and home tinkers, the time is upon you to submit your latest invention to Popular Science. The ever so popular “Best of What’s New Award” judging is about to begin but they want to make sure they see, well, everything. Anyone can enter, but it isn’t free and you should remember that past winners include the iPhone from last year… Read More

  • Yamaha BD2900 Blu-ray player leaked

    Yamaha BD2900 Blu-ray player leaked

    CEDIA is right around the corner, so AV heads can count on a slew of new high-def gear dropping and Yamaha isn’t disappointing. Word is that their latest Blu-ray player — the BD2900 — should drop in November, packed to the chassis full of goodies. 1080p/24fps-compatible HDMI, 12-bit Deep Colour, BONUSVIEW, and other standard fair for high-end equipment. In fact, there… Read More

  • Cannonball Run ready Audi R8 'Blackbird'

    Cannonball Run ready Audi R8 'Blackbird'

    This isn’t Burt Reynolds car. There are so many gadgets seamless built into this Audi R8 that it blows our, and Alex Roy’s, mind. If there ever was a car built specifically for underground, coast-to-coast, high-speed racing, this is it. Kind of makes you wonder if it was built to beat Roy’s 31 hour, 4 minute New York to Santa Monica Pier run. What we think is the… Read More

  • Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle not coming 'till October?

    Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle not coming 'till October?

    Rock Band groupies aren’t going to like this. It seems that Harmonix has pushed the Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle Edition’s early release back to October 19. For those not keeping track, that was the date the standalone game was shipping for all platforms.  Originally, a wanna-be-rock’r could pick up the program a month early on September 14, but that person would have to… Read More

  • Linux, Mac, & Windows XBMC port coming – Codename Atlantis

    Linux, Mac, & Windows XBMC port coming – Codename Atlantis

    XBMC, the undisputed, heavyweight champion of media centers, is finally being cross-ported with a simultaneous release. The upcoming release for Linux, Mac, Windows, and the Xbox should launch in two months, with an Alpha 3 release right around the corner for a bug hunting. Once this monumental feat happens though, the sky is certain to open up with beams of heavenly light shining down… Read More

  • NAB approves four-week quiet period around DTV switch

    NAB approves four-week quiet period around DTV switch

    Sssh. This is strictly hush-hush. The National Association of Broadcasters have passed a four-week ‘quite period’ that should maintain analog signals before and after the national shutoff date of February 17, 2009. From the sounds of it, the majority of the networks have signed the action –CBS is one notable exception — which will give procrastination Americans two… Read More